The Local Government Association has issued a press release calling on the Government to ensure it avoids repeating the mistakes of its flagship Work Programme when it's replaced by new Work and Health Programme (WHP). Thousands more disadvantaged jobseekers and people with disabilities and health conditions would be supported into work if funding and responsibility for the new Work and Health Programme (WHP) is devolved to all local areas, councils say today.

More than 120,000 Scottish adults with a learning disability are in need of help finding work, according to a new report from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. The estimate, based on the number of school leavers who education authorities say have a recognised learning disability, is a huge increase on previous estimates.

Around 26,000 people with a learning disability are known to Scotland's councils, but they tend to be those with the highest needs in receipt of social services.

The Government is being urged to do more to help people with disabilities secure jobs after new research revealed that one in 10 businesses felt unable to support an employee with a disability or long-term health condition.

Camden Council is consulting on proposals for the tender of ‘Improving Access to Employment within Mental Health’. The intention is to go to tender in late 2016 with a view of the new service commencing in summer 2017. A market engagement event is being planned for early October. Please see the attached letter to providers from Camden Council. The tender opportunity is marketed on where you'll find the attached provider questionnaire.

DWP has published two evaluation reports about pilot projects.

The first report evaluated the Intensive Activity Programme (IAP) trial which aimed to help new benefit claimants move into work sooner.

DWP documents posted on the Bravo Solution website seem to confirm that the new Work and Health Programme (WHP) will only cater for those jobseekers who are considered close to the labour market. BASE is disappointed by the tone of the document which seeks to identify a tool that will categorise people into one of 4 groups:

  1. Willing and able to work
  2. Willing but not able to work
  3. Unwilling but able to work

The Citizens Advice Bureau has called on the government and employers to do more to close the health and disability employment gap. The organisation has launched a new programme of research seeking to understand what needs to change to narrow the gap. New analysis has revealed that disabled people or those with a health condition are more than twice as likely to fall out of work compared to those who are not disabled or have health problems.

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) have launched a new report documenting the impact of Brexit on voluntary organisations. The report builds on the findings derived from consulting the membership immediately after the EU referendum result in order to identify post-Brexit issues and risks.

ADASS has published its annual survey and it makes for pretty gloomy reading. The annual ADASS Budget Survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing reducing resources in an environment where the provider and labour markets are fragile.

The Prime Minister is naming her new cabinet. Damien Green replaces Stephen Crabb as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Justine Greening replaces Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary.

We await details of any changes to other posts and junior minister positions.